People who are interested in solving problems in community health, health services, or health policy, may want to supplement their training with the Capstone Certificate in Clinical and Community Outcomes Research.

Current research investments reflect an emphasis on research that looks for ways to translate what has been learned in controlled settings into positive outcomes in clinical practice and community health. This research requires the ability to:

  • consider multiple factors that interact to influence a community or organization;
  • form and manage research partnerships with communities and organizations;
  • evaluate whether a health intervention or prevention method works or will be used; and
  • articulate policy implications of health issues and interventions.

The Capstone Certificate in Clinical and Community Outcomes Research focuses on the development of these skills.

The certificate curriculum consists of five courses and one project for a total of 13 to 15 credit hours. Depending on a student's course load, requirements can be completed in two to three years. The certificate requirements are flexible in that you may propose qualifying courses to be considered as elective credit. All courses are face-to-face and taught on the UW–Madison campus during weekdays.

Further detail, including tuition and costs, is available at the Clinical & Community Outcomes Research website or by contacting the institute which hosts the program:

Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
University of Wisconsin–Madison
2112 Health Sciences Learning Center
750 Highland Avenue Madison, WI 53705


Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree and not be currently enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program.

Note: This capstone certificate is not a full-time program and therefore cannot admit international students needing an F–1 or J–1 visa.

Application steps

A complete application includes the following:

  1. An online application for admission as a University Special student. On your application, select UNCS Capstone Certificate and the program: Clinical and Community Outcomes Research. This application is received and processed by Adult Career and Special Student Services (ACSSS). The final admission decision is made by the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. 

2. Submission of the following materials to the capstone certificate program coordinator : Deidre Vincevineus, 750 Highland Ave., University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53705,

  • The fillable downloadable program application form;
  • A photocopy of official transcripts from each college attended;
  • A CV or resume; and
  • If English is not your native language or your undergraduate instruction was not in English, please send  your official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). An admitted Capstone applicant must have a TOEFL (paper-based) test score above 580; TOEFL computer-based test (CBT) score above 237; or MELAB score above 82.

Notification of admission to the capstone certificate program:

  • Within three weeks after submitting a complete application, the applicant receives notice of the admission decision. Questions regarding the status of the application should be directed to the certificate program coordinator: Deidre Vincevineus at


Upon admission, the Certificate Faculty Advisory Committee reviews the student's stated research interests and recommends an advisor. At a meeting with the advisor, the program curriculum will be developed in relation to the student's learning and career objectives. 

The Adult Career and Special Student Services (ACSSS) will assist with enrollment questions, connecting with other departments and offices on campus, and University policies and procedures (e.g., add, drop, and withdrawal process).

 The Certificate in Clinical and Community Outcomes Research curriculum consists of five courses and one project for a total of 13 to 1 - 5 credit hours. Depending on course load, students may be able to complete course requirements within two to three years.

Core Requirement3
Translational and Outcomes Research in Health and Health Care
Project 12
Select one of the following
Research (092 Access, Quality, and Outcomes Research Network) 2
Research and Thesis (030) 3
Electives 47-9
See course lists below
Total Credits13-15

pre-approved Electives Course Lists

Three courses are required from the electives course lists; one course from each of three of the four course lists. One course must be taken from the Working with Communities course list. 

Working with Communities

HDFS 872 Bridging the Gap Between Research and Action3
HDFS/​ED PSYCH/​NURSING/​SOC WORK  880 Prevention Science3
I SY E 417 Health Systems Engineering3
I SY E/​POP HLTH  703 Quality of Health Care: Evaluation and Assurance1-3
NURSING 702 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Diverse Communities3
NURSING 761 Health Program Planning, Evaluation, and Quality Improvement3
OTM 753 Healthcare Operations Management3
OTM 758 Managing Technological and Organizational Change3
OTM 770 Sustainable Approaches to System Improvement4
S&A PHM 652 Pharmacist Communication: Educational and Behavioral Interventions2
POP HLTH/​I SY E  703 Quality of Health Care: Evaluation and Assurance1-3
PUBLHLTH 780 Evidence-Based Decision-Making3
SOC/​C&E SOC  573 Community Organization and Change3
SOC/​C&E SOC/​URB R PL  617 Community Development3

Quantitative Methods

ED PSYCH 762 Introduction to the Design of Educational Experiments3
NURSING 803 Advanced Quantitative Design and Methods3
S&A PHM 711 Research Methods for Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy Research3
POP HLTH 796 Introduction to Health Services Research3
POP HLTH 784 Public Health Surveillance and Analytics3
PUB AFFR 818 Introduction to Statistical Methods for Public Policy Analysis3
PUB AFFR 819 Advanced Statistical Methods for Public Policy Analysis3
PUB AFFR/​POLI SCI  871 Public Program Evaluation3
SOC WORK 650 Methods of Social Work Research2-3
SOC WORK/​URB R PL  721 Methods of Planning Analysis3
SOC/​C&E SOC  360 Statistics for Sociologists I4
SOC 751 Survey Methods for Social Research3
SOC 752 Measurement and Questionnaires for Survey Research3
URB R PL/​SOC WORK  721 Methods of Planning Analysis3
URB R PL/​DS/​F&W ECOL  955 Practical Research Design and Methods of Empirical Inquiry3

Qualitative Methods

ANTHRO 909 Research Methods and Research Design in Cultural Anthropology3
COUN PSY/​CURRIC/​ED POL/​ED PSYCH/​ELPA/​RP & SE  788 Qualitative Research Methods in Education: Field Methods I3
CURRIC/​COUN PSY/​ED POL/​ED PSYCH/​ELPA/​RP & SE  719 Introduction to Qualitative Research3
ELPA 824 Field Research Designs & Methodologies in Educational Administratn3
MED HIST 728 Biomedical Ethics and Society1-3
NURSING 804 Advanced Qualitative Design and Methods3
SOC/​ED POL  955 Seminar-Qualitative Methodology3

Integrated Research Method 5

One integrated course may be substituted for one quantitative course or one qualitative course.

CURRIC 714 Research and Evaluation Paradigms in Curriculum and Instruction3
ELPA 725 Research Methods and Procedures in Educational Administration3
MED PHYS/​I SY E  559 Patient Safety and Error Reduction in Healthcare2
POP HLTH/​I SY E  875 Cost Effectiveness Analysis in Health and Healthcare3
SOC/​C&E SOC  750 Research Methods in Sociology3
GEN&WS 900 Approaches to Research in Women's Studies/Gender Studies3
  1. Develop a research question about a health concern of an actual community.
  2. Select an evidence‐based approach to addressing the health concern.
  3. Involve investigators from two or more disciplines and/or stakeholders from two or more sectors as partners in the project.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of collaboration skills for sustainable partnerships, e.g., benefits to the community partner(s) are built into the project; evidence of partner input to project design.
  5. Employ data gathering and analysis methods that respect community partners' organizational culture, values, staffing, and work flow.